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DME Tu-114 Destroyed  
User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5442 times:

In a crime against humanity, East Line Group decided that the Tu-114 that served as a gate guard at DME for many years was to be destroyed. Here are some very sad pics:

http://www.aviagorodok.ru/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1468&highlight

Fast on the heels of the destruction of several stored Tu-144s, Russia simultaneously yearns for the respect of its Soviet past while destroying some of its only redeeming products.

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User currently offlineCrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1916 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5276 times:

At least I will thank you for sharing this with us. Very sad...It seems to be the year for destroying classic airliners worldwide!

User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4682 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4913 times:

An unbelievable shame. It was the worlds most capable passenger aircraft at its time.


Exceptions confirm the rule.
User currently onlineJJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 1835 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4908 times:

There is another one in SU colours right in front of SVO-1, right?

User currently offlineOV735 From Estonia, joined Jan 2004, 914 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4883 times:

Quoting JJJ (Reply 3):
There is another one in SU colours right in front of SVO-1, right?

Negative. That's and Il-18 in front of SVO. Much less unique than the Tu-114, but still a classic sight.

Oh the stupidity...  Sad


User currently offlineDIJKKIJK From France, joined Jul 2003, 1803 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4822 times:

Quoting Afay1 (Thread starter):
In a crime against humanity.....

It cannot be described as anything else! The TU114 is a wonderful airplane. I wish I could see it flying , just once.



Never argue with idiots. They will bring you down to their level, and beat you with experience.
User currently offlineLegacy135 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1052 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4676 times:

I can't belive it! I was at DME last October and enjoyed this aircraft so much. And now, they had nothing better to do than destroying it! What a shame.

Legacy135


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 41
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4658 times:

Quoting Afay1 (Thread starter):
a crime against humanity

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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13210 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4636 times:

Very sad, I guess I am right in saying few of these unique and fabulous airliners are left anyway?

User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 41
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4622 times:

Quoting GDB (Reply 8):
I guess I am right in saying few of these unique and fabulous airliners are left anyway

I'm curious to know if there are any in western museums.


User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4579 times:

Hi!

Scrapping an airplane like the TU114 it's absolutely unbelievable!!! Any reason for that???
Very sad indeed!
regards


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7412 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4579 times:

Quoting Afay1 (Thread starter):
In a crime against humanity

Considering what's going on in the World, I would choose another formulation ...

But I agree it's a sad and stupid decision. Those relics need to be preserved and maintained... not destroyed. they are fully part of History


User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4530 times:

I was indeed hesitant to use the "crime against humanity" idiom as the destruction of a plane is trivial in the face of the world's problems, but I couldn't come up with as an effective use of hyperbole (in English anyway).

User currently offlineRIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1787 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4387 times:

Guys, one of the posts there (in Russian, obviously) states that the aircraft is to be restored and moved to some other place; it was cut by a place of an old existing cut. Nobody confirmed this, but nobody denied it either. So, it may be not that bad, or not bad at all, but, if it is, I'm not really surprised...

User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4342 times:

That was my initial understanding, but the East Line press release was very cryptic and the guys in Avia.ru forum don't seem to be very hopeful that anything will actually be restored...http://www.avia.ru/cgi/discshow.cgi?id=137842792993956601131154469340&topiccount=102

You know the saying, "we hoped for better, but it turned out like always..."


User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4992 posts, RR: 42
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4306 times:

I recall many many years ago, flying as a non-rev from Moscow to Montreal. My father was the Captain of the Air Canada DC-8 that was flying SVO-CPH-YUL, and I came along for the ride.

A few gates over was a TU114 of Aeroflot leaving at about the same time SVO-SNN-YUL. At the time, AC employees (and their dependants) could use their passes on SU. I was 14 at the time, and wanted to fly on the TU114, as it would arrive in Montreal only a few hours after the DC-8.

But, I was talked out of it by my father, and the rest of the AC crew, with whom I had spent the layover in Moscow.

I have regretted it ever since!



Never gonna grow up, never gonna slow down .... Barefoot Blue Jean Night
User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12569 posts, RR: 46
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4163 times:
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What? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!  tombstone 

I remember my first ever visit to Moscow on a freezing March day being driven out of the airport and passing the Tu-114. Even covered in ice and snow it looked very impressive. On subsequent visits I admired it each time I passed it.

In August last year as part of a trip to the MAKS air show, I managed to get a shot of the beast in perfect early morning light. I had to wait over 15 minutes for a gap in the traffic, but it was worth it.
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On the same trip I was lucky enough to see a couple of other Tu-114s - one at Monino in reasonable condition and one at the Tupolev Rework facility at Vnukovo which was in a poor state.
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It's a real shame that the modern Russia doesn't seem to realise the value of some of its history and seems to be unwilling to fund the preservation of some prime aviation history. no 



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User currently offlineRIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1787 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3839 times:

(after reading Avia.ru)

...unbelievable! The guys there are in shock, but nothing can be done. East Line Group needs space for parking, briefly informs that "the aircraft was in too bad condition to be moved or restored", says "it was not an easy decision" - and all is done. The guys on Russian forum are going to come to the place with flowers, like to funeral, hoping, that this may be noticed by media - not to help Tu114 that is already gone, but to try to save whatever may be saved. They are not sure about Monino, BTW, as the area is too attractive for "business". Can may be we do something, "from outside"? These birds are part of our common history...


User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3791 times:

I wish there was something to be done, but people don't always act as they should. I am particularly reminded of this for instance when we have a natural disaster in the US, like Katrina, and at the same time we have many thousands of people in the US who are millionaires and could easily make a real difference, yet don't. While the situation is better in Western countries regarding historical aircraft, look at the recent destruction of the first A300 and nearly all of BA's fleet museum.

I am also incensed by the faux patriotism of the government in regard to national monuments. While claiming to be patriots the current administration has systematically cut funding for most national monuments and the Park Service. Look at the poor USS New Jersey (and even worse, the SS United States) rusting in Camden. Instead of the drop in the bucket of the budget it would take to maintain them properly, a flag and a vinyl banner proclaiming support for patriotism were sent. If you talk to the guys on the New Jersey, they can't believe it either. Sigh...I guess that is life...Russia is no different (look at all the buildings destroyed in Moscow recently)...


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12569 posts, RR: 46
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 3732 times:
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I've been sent some links by Alex Spelling who asked me to post them here. It seems the Vnukovo Tu-114 has also been destroyed.

Very sad. cry 

http://photofile.ru/users/vector123/2007299/31626175/

http://www.aviaforum.ru/attachment.php?attachmentid=6082&d=1154334587

http://aviamonuments.ru/planes/Rossiya/Vnukovo/7



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User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12569 posts, RR: 46
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3567 times:
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Sorry, should have done this in my last post.

CCCP-76464 at DME




CCCP-76470 at VKO
http://aviamonuments.ru/photos/503b_007_4.JPG

 cry 



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User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3528 times:

Couldnt it been sold to the Speyer technic museum, must be worth more than the scrap metal price?

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